DOI: 10.1101/468801Nov 13, 2018Paper

Ensembles from ordered and disordered proteins reveal similar structural constraints during evolution

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Julia MarchettiMaría Silvina Fornasari


Inter-residue contacts determine the structural properties for each conformer in the ensembles describing the native state of proteins. Structural constraints during evolution could then provide biologically relevant information about the conformational ensembles and their relationship with protein function. Here, we studied the proportion of sites evolving under structural constraints in two very different types of ensembles, those coming from ordered or disordered proteins. Using a structurally constrained model of protein evolution we found that both types of ensembles show comparable, near 40%, number of positions evolving under structural constraints. Among these sites, ~68% are in disordered regions and ~57% of them show long-range inter-residue contacts. Also, we found that disordered ensembles are redundant in reference to their structurally constrained evolutionary information and could be described on average with ~11 conformers. Despite the different complexity of the studied ensembles and proteins, the similar constraints reveal a comparable level of selective pressure to maintain their biological functions. These results highlight the importance of the evolutionary information to recover meaningful biological infor...Continue Reading

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